Day 2 of 40:
conduit: a natural or artificial channel through which something (as a fluid) is conveyed
Fr. Nicholas Belcher explained to me that we are conduit’s of God’s love. If we try to contain the love, it ceases to be love. One of the key aspects of God’s love is allowing it to flow through us to our neighbors. In the New Testament, neighbor was understood differently than the modern definition. Contrary to our understanding of someone who lives next to me or on the same street, the Biblical understanding was “everyone we encounter is our neighbor.”
This means we are called to be a conduit of God’s love to every single person we encounter in our lives: the person who cut us off in traffic, the cashier in a bad mood, the server who is in the weeds. How we treat these people equates to, “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” If we hold back God’s love, then God’s love ceases to be in us. If we allow God’s love to flow through us, then we are filled with God’s love.